Gnathodentex aureolineatus (Lacepede, 1802)

Gnathodentex aureolineatus
Gnathodentex aureolineatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 6 October 2013
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Gnathodentex aureolineatus
Gnathodentex aureolineatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Common name: Gold Spot Emperor
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Widespread tropical Indo-Pacific. In Australia recorded from Western Australia, Queensland south to northern New South Wales. Also reported from Norfolk Island.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents offshore islands, reefs and lagoons to 30m.

Additional Notes:

Colour may be variable according to habitat but yellow patch below rear of dorsal fin is constant. Usually found in small schools, occasionally up to several hundred individuals. Nocturnal predator, feeding on small molluscs, crabs and other crustaceans. Grows to 30cm.

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